June 10, 2020

MSYSA has updated and clarified our Return-To-Training (R2T) guidance based on recent inquiries. The R2T guidelines, updated as of June 10, 2020, are available here . Please read and review carefully.  

Notable changes include:

1.    Under Coach Responsibilities: Inquire regarding participants’ health status before, during, and after club activities and monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. If the individual has any symptoms or known exposure of COVID-19 they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible.
2.    Face coverings should be worn by coaches, staff, parents, spectators as much as possible.
3.    Please carefully review Coach and Club Responsibilities.

Affiliated leagues/clubs should not proceed with R2T until they are adequately prepared to implement and enforce their respective safety protocols (consistent with MSYSA’s R2T guidelines). Keep in mind that any training activities must adhere to social distancing requirements and gathering size limits at all times. Note: R2T does not include scrimmages, games or team travel to other states.

Governor Whitmer recently signed Executi ve Order 2020-115 , which loosened some restrictions in Regions 6 and 8. MSYSA anticipates using this Executive Order as a resource for what Phase 5 of our R2T guidelines may look like in the future. Progression into Phase 5 of MSYSA’s R2T guidelines will be permitted by MSYSA once Governor Whitmer has moved the entire state of Michigan into Phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan. For those leagues and clubs in Regions 6 and 8, MSYSA’s Board of Directors will meet soon to discuss the potential of allowing Regions 6 and 8 to proceed with Phase 5 activities. A decision will be communicated sometime next week.

You are reminded, MSYSA will not sanction, affiliate, or insure any in-person (traditional) try-outs this year. Furthermore, pursuant to MSYSA’s  Travel Team Formation Policy , clubs are not permitted to initiate contact with, offer roster spots to, or otherwise commit to players outside their club prior to June 13. Likewise, players still may not commit, sign, or register with a new club until June 13, 2020 (for those players who have not already committed, signed, or registered with their existing club for the 2020-2021 seasonal year).

At present, R2T is to occur with a club’s current players only . New players that have not yet signed with a club for 2020-2021 (because new players cannot commit to a new club until June 13) should not participate in trainings with that club until June 13 or later. A player may only train with a new club after that player has committed to the new club for the 2020-2021 seasonal year (in accordance with MSYSA’s 2020-2021 Travel Team Formation Policy), which would be June 13 or later. To put it simply, a club may not use club training as a means to evaluate, assess, or ‘try-out’ potential new players who have not yet signed or committed to that club for the 2020-2021 seasonal year.

Finally, on May 18, 2020, the MSYSA Board of Directors voted to remove references to ‘Open House Activities’ from MSYSA Rules, Regulations and Policies. Thus, MSYSA is not sanctioning, affiliating, or insuring in-person Open House Activities this year.

Should you have any questions, please visit our website or you may also email the MSYSA State Office at  stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org .

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors